In D.C., New Apartments Made Mostly of Recycled Metal Shipping Containers

In D.C., New Apartments Made Mostly of Recycled Metal Shipping Containers

Metal shipping containers are popping up all over D.C. and serving as event spaces, bars, and now, trendy apartments.

Talk about recycling on a big scale.

The city's first residential buildings made entirely of giant metal are being completed in the Brookland neighborhood, reports the Washington Business Journal.

The three-story, four-apartment structure consists of 18 containers and was envisioned as a “new, bold, ecological” way to make use of the 700,000 sea containers not being used at the nation’s ports. Local home builders should take note.

The concept was created by Travis Price Architects and constructed at 3305 7th St. NE.

Not everyone, however, is thrilled with the metallic idea.

“It just looks horrible,” D.C. resident Brian Bush tells WJLA. “I would expect them to at least put a little bit more — better construction.”

Brookland is home to mostly older, traditional houses, with front lawns and tree-lined streets. Catholic University also is there.

The rental prices for the apartments were not yet available, but whether or not a recycled metal home is for you, it’s always a smart idea to calculate more than rental costs when finding the right D.C. apartment.

Here are some other costs to consider:


Unless you're moving into an all-bills-paid unit, you'll need to consider utility costs in addition to monthly rent. Don't forget to factor in the possibility of utility deposits.

Determine what each apartment complex requires you to put in your name and have an estimate of what the utility deposits will be before you decide on an apartment.

Other Deposits

Deposits can add up. Apartment complexes may ask for a straight security deposit or they may require a deposit plus last month's rent. You should verify what the complex's policy is before deciding if you can afford to move in.

Maintenance and Insurance

Ask questions so you are clear about your responsibility for maintenance, insurance and fees. The apartment agent should be able to provide a detailed list of what you must pay to keep a lease in good standing.


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